Dubrovnik + The Dalmatian Coast
Restaurants in Dubrovnik + The Dalmatian Coast
Restaurants in Dubrovnik and on the Dalmatian Coast are known for serving an unparalleled selection of fresh seafood dishes like squid risotto, calamari, Adriatic tuna, fresh oysters, grilled fish and juicy lobster, as well as hearty Ottoman meat dishes like roasted pork belly, Dalmatian ham, Pag lamb and beef sausage. But the city’s cosmopolitan flair means Dubrovnik and Dalmatian Coast restaurants offer plenty of fine international and fusion fare as well: French, Italian, Greek, Japanese, and more. Many also embrace the farm-to-table ethic, serving locally sourced produce; that Mediterranean staple, olives, features prominently in many dishes, as do figs, grape leaves, and local cheeses. Wines are often produced in local vineyards and pair beautifully with these heavy dishes.
A list of the best restaurants in Dubrovnik and on the Dalmatian Coast has to include Oyster and Sushi Bar Bota Šare, which is known for its fresh Ston oysters, excellent sushi and sashimi made with fresh, local fish, and a charming outdoor terrace. There's also Levanat, which overlooks the sea from a hill between Lapad Bay and Babin Kuk, famous for its prawns served with honey and sage. Taj Mahal, decorated with Ottoman oddities, serves hearty Eastern European fare like sudžukice (beef sausage), as well as vegetarian dishes like eggplant stuffed with cheese. Pelegrini, a Dalmatian Coast restaurant located in Šibenik, features an international menu that borrows from Japan and France and serves an excellent selection of Dalmatian wines.
The scene here is reminiscent of fin de siècle Vienna, making the ornate café a fabulous spot for dessert: try the cake or a rich hot chocolate.
This upmarket restaurant (complete with a pianist) may look like the usual touristy suspect, but it compensates with an unbeatable cliffside view of the harbor and consistently good seafood risotto.
As with most of central Dubrovnik’s restaurants, seafood is the mainstay in this 200-year-old house, surrounded by fragrant orange trees. Don’t overlook the regional smoked ham.
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Run by the same family for more than 75 years, Old Town’s most elegant restaurant has a large selection of fresh catches, along with pastas and smooth Dalmatian cheeses.
Lokanda’s owner, Mario Hajdarhodic, recently opened this bar and lunch spot in an old boatbuilding warehouse, in what was the city’s covered boatyard in medieval days.
The difference between Lokanda and other seafood restaurants in town is the local-to-visitor ratio, which often favors the local crowd. They know to book a table to ensure their lunch of black cuttlefish risotto with prawns. Don’t worry if you don’t have a reservation; lines move swiftly.
Just a short stroll from the sea, this casual tavern specializes in authentic Dalmatian cuisine. Inside, the dining room is furnished with simple wooden tables, and the walls are decorated with everything from vintage photographs to heritage fishing gear and traditional farming tools.
On the pastoral island of Vis, off Croatia's Dalmatian Coast, this harbor-front restaurant has wooden tables inches from the water, with views of the old stone-and-terracotta architecture of Komiza and the rocky, pine-draped mountains beyond.
A massive stone-framed wood door greets visitors to this wine boutique, which has wines from the world over but specializes in Dalmatian wines crafted from local grape varietals like Posip and Plavac Mali.
Located down a cobbled alley from the main square, Macondo is known for fresh seafood and an old-fashioned atmosphere that echoes its ancient Groda neighborhood. The dining room is simply styled in light tones, wooden furniture, and canvasses of modern art.
Ascend a narrow staircase in the oldest part of the city to this 14th-century family home-turned-restaurant. Waiters wear traditional costumes and the dining room has basic but ancient touches like bare stone walls, wicker lamps, wooden benches, and folk music.
Located on the southern coast of the Adriatic Sea, this seafood-focused restaurant is located inside the former Dubrovnik School of Maritime Studies. In the lobby, there is a large stained-glass ceiling in the shape of a compass.
East of Old Town’s main square, this small seafood restaurant is located on the first floor of a Gothic-Renaissance house dating from the 15th century.
Though its pricey seaside sister restaurant Nautika gets all the press, Proto is a better choice; it charges half as much for the classic fisherfolk recipes it has been dishing out in the heart of Dubrovnik's old town since 1886.